Vampire The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition

Posted: July 7, 2015 by hieiyyh2 in Gaming
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Malkavian V20 Cover art

How has Vampire The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition shaped up since it came out?  Well that is a matter of opinion.  Some players view it as the second coming of their favorite game.  Other players view it as bastardized waterdown version missing the glory of revised.  Yet others view it as not the second coming or the death, but as an extension and updating of the lore presented in the game.

My personal view.

V20 (The abbreviation of Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition), opened doors for some aspects and closed them on others.  As of this writing, anyone running a strict V20 game (Strict meaning only using V20 books nothing else) only has access to what the current books have out and can not be melded with the previous editions.   So until the clanbooks come out in V20 style, the system has helped some clans and hamstrung other clans.

Example:  Because of V20 the Giovanni no longer have access to spirit slave background and the Proxi Kiss Merit.  Spirit Slaves like ghouls are servants of the Giovanni that can not be seen are only visible say with Auspex or when interacting with their master.  It takes out one of the Necromancers main tools.  The Proxi Kiss Merit: Gives the giovanni access to potence 1 for free at creation or if they took the higher cost version Potence 1 and Fortitude 1 for free at creation.  As wizarding clan this gives the Giovanni more options and makes them less squishy in battle.  Since V20 ripped this away it makes the Giovanni a clan you do not want to play unless you are part of a chronicle that centers around them.

Do not get me wrong I love that Vampire was brought back.  I just hope that with this restructuring of the game, they bring back stuff that made it great.  Give the players more options with their characters.  The clanbooks gave players more information to work with when making their various characters.  Like finding out that the Malkavians as a collective clan stole the use of Dominate as a clan wide discipline from the Ventrue.  Or the reason behind the animosity between The Gangrel and The Ravnos.  Or even that the twisted and grotesque looking Tzimice have access to a magic older than The Tremere’s.

Final Verdict

If you have never played Vampire The Masquerade.  I suggest you go out and play it.  Start with V20 it’s a fresh start for the series and new players can quickly learn the game.  Veteran players use it to meld with your current game if you like.  Or do what my friend Pat did with D&D 3.0 and 3.5 mix together the systems and balance the game that way.  Either way it is a fun night all around.

  1. Ian says:

    “As of this writing, anyone running a strict V20 game only has access to what the current books have out and can not be melded with the previous editions. ”

    Depends on what you mean by a “strict V20 game,” but V20’s system is almost identical to Revised, intentionally. There’s no reason people can’t use Revised era material for their games if they so choose. Part of the guiding principle of V20 was as a toolkit for individuals to play the version of the game they like best.


    • hieiyyh2 says:

      Strict meaning using only the V20 books. Not combining the revised books with the system. I have personally seen a oWoD chat game site use only V20 books and banned the use of Revised. That is what I meant by that statement. I agree I like mixing the system. I just felt that the V20 core book took away some of the stuff that made revised great. I LOVE THIS GAME. And I am personally grateful that they brought it back. You are correct Ian it is a toolkit. When I run the game I mix and match like my DM Pat used to when we played D&D 3.0/3.5


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